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"The most important skill I ever learned was how to teach myself anything. Never stop learning; the human mind is a very powerful thing."
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FLETCHER LEGAL IS A CHARLOTTE-BASED LAW PRACTICE DEDICATED TO HELPING OUR CLIENTS NAVIGATE BOTH THE JUDICIAL PROCESS, AND LIFE’S MOST DIFFICULT MOMENTS. We constantly push the limits of what’s possible when it comes to integrating technology into solo practice with the goal of reducing client fees and expanding access to law. We believe in treating people the way we want to be treated.

WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, BUT RESULTS AREN’T EVERYTHING. We believe that relationships are key, and we only accept clients that we feel we can have a successful partnership with to reach the best results. We believe that legal emergencies rarely occur during business hours, and that it is essential for clients to have Attorney Fletcher’s personal cell phone number.

WE ACCEPT CLIENTS, NOT CASES, AND WE GO WHERE WE ARE NEEDED, ACROSS ALL 100 NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES. We stick to what we’re good at, continually pushing the envelope and streamlining process steps. We always set our clients up for the best possible outcome.

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Attorney Fletcher continually seeks to improve solo attorney efficiency by leveraging technology to level playing fields.

Derek R. Fletcher is the Supervising Attorney and Founder of FLETCHER LEGAL, PLLC, a Charlotte, North Carolina based law practice that defends criminal allegations, expunges criminal records, and protects First, Second, and Fourth Amendment Rights.

Originally from metro Detroit, Michigan, Derek moved south after accepting a scholarship to Carson-Newman College, a small, baptist, undergrad east of Knoxville.

Attorney Derek Fletcher is a member of a long tradition of Fletchers, able to trace their ancestry back through the hills of the Virginia Colony to at least 100 years before the Revolution. He continues the work of his ancestors, but today crafts his arrows from words and statutes rather than goose and poplar.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts, Derek enrolled at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. He especially excelled in the fields of Tort, Criminal Procedure, and Constitutional Law. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor, and graduating in the top one-third of his class.

During his final year of law school, Derek completed a twelve-week course of study with the Mecklenburg County Public Defenders Office. “Ya know, that was probably the first time I had actually been in a courtroom.”

After graduating, studying, sitting for the Bar Exam, raising his hand, swearing his oath, and registering with the State, Derek opened his first law practice at Lake Norman. During his early years of practice, Derek earned broad experience handling many different cases across many different counties.
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Over the past decade, Derek has defended child support actions, process immigration appeals, helped friends with speeding tickets, sued a major financial institution and sheriff’s department, and defended serious criminal allegations. Derek has gone after the biggest power company in the State, protected protesters at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and volunteered to keep a mother of four from being evicted at the holidays.

“I’m not afraid to fight for them, I’m not afraid to fight for you.”

“‘Good enough’ is not nearly good enough at FLETCHER LEGAL. A core value that drives our firm’s decisions and culture is the shared goal of being the best at what we do. We deliver our best results only by delivering 100% to every client, in every case, with every charge; treating them as if they’re our only client.”
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Attorney Fletcher is known these days for his unique blend of technology and law, placing him on the cutting edge of developer-attorneys, where he constantly seeks to improve the systems and processes in his solo practice.
“Right after I first got licensed, I kept running into computer issues: I would spend a could hundred dollars on a laptop that would run fine out of the box, but turn slow as mollasses within a year. I had the same issues with hardlined ethernet connections. At some point, I decided to try something different.”
“Back then, there was a Goodwill store off Freedom drive that recycled and resold old computers, and trash computer parts nobody wanted anymore. Once a week, I would pop in, spend $50, and play with the components over the course of a weekend. After I realized just how easy it was to build my own computer – and how it continued to run smooth and quick, even after a few years of heavy use, I told myself I’d never buy one from a big-box retailer ever again. Sure enough, I haven’t.
Always seeking ways to improve efficiency within his solo practice, Attorney Fletcher taught himself how to create forms with Acrobat Pro – a step which greatly increased efficiency and the speed with which he could produce documents. After noticing that no other attorneys or law firms had managed to automate the process of expunging criminal records in North Carolina, Attorney Fletcher decided to teach himself web design in order to automate NC Expungements. Today, Fletcher Legal is the first, and only, NC law firm to automate the process of cleaning up criminal records.
“By shifting the burden from an expensive attorney down to the end user, we’ve been able to slash fees in half, and at the same time, expand our client base! We’ve also automated just about every other mundane little task or letter that used to require writing the same tweaked letter, over and over. Now, we simply punch some data into a web form, and the finished PDF prints in our office automatically.
Attorney Fletcher is proficient in WordPress, Acrobat, InDesign, Spark, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, and is currently learning premier pro.
“The most important skill I ever learned was how to teach myself anything,” he explained. “Never stop learning; the human mind is a very powerful thing.”
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